February 28, 2012

Tuesday’s tip…More about the elusive Cheese

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 12:25 am

Hey Passenger’s here the (Tuesday) tip of the week.  I’d like to share something great with you today from a good brother, friend and mentor of mine, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Hollie Montgomery Junior’s website:  www.hmontgomeryjr.com.   I’ll share a brief bio below.

This week Hollie and I are both writing on the subject of change, and how change is an inevitable part of life. Nothing stays the same. Everyone must learn to deal with change or they will become irrelevant.  So why not test drive his site and join me as part of a growing group of subscribers as Hollie shares his thoughts common sense approaches to Leadership and Life Lessons for the rest of us. – a commonsense approach for unlocking the “leader” that we all have inside us.

Sense you will begin to hear the name “Hollie” more frequently on the train let me share a little about him:

Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Strayer University

Master of Arts Degree, Business and Organizational Security Management,Webster University,

Master of Arts Degree, Computer Resources and Information Management, Webster University

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology and Sociology, Malone College

Career Sketch:  Worked for the United States Government in various leadership positions over the past 28 years. Currently working as the Chief of Support Services for the Army Management Staff College located on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In this position he is responsible for the overall program management of all of the college’s operational support programs. This includes information technology, telecommunications and visual information; activities associated with space management and utilization; facilities and maintenance; safety, security, logistics management, mail management and distribution. Also during my tenure I also served as a professor for the Sustaining Base Leadership and Management (SBLM) Course teaching leadership and management skills to the Army’s civilian employees. In 2005 he officially retired from the Army after successfully serving with 22 years of active duty service.  Prior to joining the college, he served as the Inspector General for the 2d Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea.  Some of his other assignments included: Executive/Operations Officer for the Army Signal Activity-Military District of Washington, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.; Brigade Signal Officer, Division Support Command, 2d Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Republic of Korea; Operations Officer/Program Manager, Base Realignment and Closure Office, Pentagon; Operational Evaluator, Army Test and Evaluation Command, Alexandria, Va; S1 Personnel Officer, 72d Signal Battalion, Karlsruhe, Germany; S4 Logistics Officer, 72d Signal Battalion, Karlsruhe, Germany; and Operations Officer /Platoon leader, of the 261st  Signal Company, Hanau, Germany. He also served as company commander of the 269th Signal Company, Karlsruhe, Germany and A Company, 44th Signal Battalion, Kaiserserslautern, Germany.

However, of most worthy note is his sucess at being a great husband, father of twin sons, a great friend to many and a brother for life to me.


February 21, 2012

Tuesday’s Tech Tip: Unlocking Knowledge, Empowering Minds.

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 6:05 am

Welcome aboard passengers. Today I want to talk quickly about three things that could change your (computing) life and save you hundreds of dollars.  They are, Freeware, shareware and free education.  I rarely pay for any software due to the ability which exists to find most computing functionality you need by GOGGLING “FREEWARE | “WHAT I NEED TO DO”.  for example, try: (CLICK).

First let me briefly (and I mean briefly) explain the first two:


Shareware software is distributed at low (or sometimes no) cost, but usually requires payment and registration for full legal use. Copies are distributed on a trial basis. You are free to test the software, see if it matches your needs, and decide whether it’s a good value. Order forms or advertisements included in the program or on the distribution disk usually tell you how to register the program and what fee is required. Registered users of a shareware program will typically receive a printed manual, an updated copy of the software, often with additional features, and the legal right to use the program in their home or business.

Shareware is not free software, since authors of shareware programs expect payment from those who intend to use the programs regularly. However, it does have the advantage over standard commercial software that you may thoroughly test a program to see if it’s useful before making a purchase.

Shareware is generally written by individuals or small companies, and its quality and level of support vary widely. In some cases, however, shareware packages are actually more capable than corresponding commercial software, and some commercial programs got their start being marketed as shareware.

While shareware may be freely copied, companies may not charge fees for copies that significantly exceed their duplication and handling costs. The authors of shareware programs also retain their copyright on the contents, and you may not modify such programs or distribute modified copies.


Freeware is also distributed “free” or at very minimal cost.  Thus in the case of most freeware the authors do not expect payment for their work. Typically, freeware programs are small utilities or incomplete programs that authors release for their potential benefit to others, but without support. The author of a freeware program may still retain a copyright on its contents and stipulate that others not modify the program or charge significant fees for its use or distribution.

And finally free educational resources.  More and more I am coming across very valuable educational resources available at minimal costs.  And while there may not be a degree or certificate involved these resources serve as excellent research material.  One such find recently was FREE access to courseware, lectures and other aids from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).  Now how cool is that!  Check it out and pass on to that future graduate in your spear of influence!

Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required.

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MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.  OCW can be found as: CLICK

And for the younger scholars check out this site (one of MANY):  CLICK